All the Drowned Sailors, Lech, Raymond B. Published by Stein and Day, New York, 1992. Black boards, gilt front and spine titles. 8vo up to 9½” tall. 242 pages. Photographs, maps, appendices, bibliography, index. Volume is in fine condition. Clipped dustjacket has rubbing to edges, one small closed tear and yellowing inside spine.
In 1945, the sinking of Indianapolis led to the greatest single loss of life at sea, from a single ship, in the history of the US Navy. The ship had just finished a high-speed trip to United States Army Air Force Base at Tinian, to deliver parts of the first atomic bomb ever used in combat (the United States’ Little Boy atomic bomb). July 30, 1945, the ship was torpedoed by the Imperial Japanese Navy submarine I-58. Of 1,195 crewmen aboard, approximately 300 went down with the ship. Of the remaining 900, only 316 survived. On 19 August 2017, a search team located the ship wreckage in the Philippine Sea lying at a depth of approximately 18,000 ft (5,500 m).
From the dust jacket: “The never-before-told story of what was America’s greatest wartime sea disaster; of what really happened to the Indianapolis and her crew; why she should never have been sunk in the first place; why the U. S. Navy left her crew drifting in shark-infested waters for four days even though they knew she was missing; and, after heads were accidentally seen bobbing in the water, why the Navy began a massive cover-up that lasted for over thirty years. ” 002458 $12